The Lanka Academic

 
JANUARY 28, 2004 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 4, NO. 297

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Sri Lanka takes precautionary measures against deadly bird flu
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 28, 2004, 9.32 pm. Sri Lankan authorities today issued a strict ban on all pet birds and poultry products from entering the country mainly from Asian countries, following the deadly bird flu. Sources told the Lanka Academic that the Department of Animal Production and Health has also banned the import of Live Poultry, Poultry Meat Products, Eggs and Egg Products from Asia.

The decision has been taken to prevent the deadly bird flue from entering the island. The department has also reportedly advised poultry farmers in the country to prevent people who had travelled to bird flue infected countries from entering their farms as a precaution against the spread of the disease. Meanwhile, a consignment of poultry which arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport today, was turned back.
Published: Wed Jan 28 10:41:03 EST 2004

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Chandrika, Ranil close to deal on Lanka crisis
indiatimes.com, THURSDAY, JANUARY 29, 2004 03:50:56 AM . SIDDHARTH VARADARAJAN TIMES NEWS NETWORK NEW DELHI: The two month-long constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka may finally be drawing down, with President Chandrika Kumaratunga on the verge of formally agreeing that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe "will have some control over the security forces insofar as this impinges on the peace process" with the LTTE. More...
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NUA meets JVP, meeting concludes successfully
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 28, 2004, 8.49 pm. The National Unity Alliance (NUA) and the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today held intense discussions on Muslim concerns, the Muslim representation at the peace talks, and the issues facing the divisional secretaries in the Eastern province.

The main reason for the meeting was to get a clear vision from the JVP before NUA makes a decision whether or not to support the United People’s Freedom Alliance.

Meanwhile even though a meeting between NUA and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was expected to take place today evening, the meeting has been postponed for tomorrow, unconfirmed reports said.

The National Unity Alliance is expected to decide whether or not to support the alliance only after they meet with the SLFP, where they will obtain the freedom party’s view on the Muslim issues facing the country.

Sources told the Lanka Academic that if the outcome from the SLFP meeting was positive then the NUA would extend its support to the SLFP-JVP alliance.

Today’s meeting was successful and the NUA leadership is happy with the outcome, sources said. The NUA was represented by its leader Mrs. Ferial Ashraff, Secretary General M.L.M. Hisbullah while the JVP was represented by its leader Somawansa Amarasinghe and General Secretary Tilvin Silva.
Published: Wed Jan 28 09:55:17 EST 2004 Back to the top


Norwegians pledges continuous support to peace process
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 27, 2004, 11.06 pm. Despite Norwegian Facilitators temporarily pulling out of the peace process citing the ongoing political crisis in the South, their country’s ambassador Hans Brattskar today assured that the Norwegians would continue their role as facilitators in the process between the government and the LTTE soon after a solution to the political crisis is found... Back to the top

UN chief wants Sri Lanka talks to resume
newindpress.com, January 28, 2004. UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has voiced concern over the stalled peace process in Sri Lanka and called for a resumption of peace talks between the government and Tamil guerrillas... Back to the top

Sri Lanka clears 20 pc of its land mines
indiatimes.com, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2004 09:53:22 PM. AP COLOMBO : Foreign aid has helped Sri Lanka clear 20 percent of land mines in the island's war-ravaged north and east, but tens of thousands still litter the country threatening to maim and kill, a government official said Wednesday... Back to the top

Direct flights to Lanka from Feb
indiatimes.com, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2004. TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2004 11:29:53 PM ] HYDERABAD : After the Gulf, Singapore and Malaysia , Hyderabadis can now fly directly to Sri Lanka ... Back to the top

LTTE seeks European aid for Lanka's North-East
deepikaglobal.com, 28 january. A four-member delegation of Tamil Tiger rebels today left for Norway to seek 'urgent humanitarian assistance' from European governments for Sri Lanka's war-ravaged North-East region... Back to the top

LTTE against India-Lanka defence deal
thestatesman.net, January 28, 2004. COLOMBO, Jan. 27. — Taking serious note of the proposed defence cooperation between India and Sri Lanka, Tamil Tiger rebels have said this could tilt the balance of forces in the island nation and damage an already fragile truce between the guerrillas and the government troops... Back to the top

India News: Major reconciliation between Sri Lanka's main ...
keralanext.com, January 28, 2004. New Delhi, In a development that could have far reaching implications for Sri Lanka's fractured polity, the country's two main political parties seem to have decided to put behind their bitter rivalry and share power... Back to the top

The LTTE will negotiate only with parity of military status
dailymirror.lk, January 28, 2004. Mr. Anton Balasingham says that the India Sri Lanka Defence Co-operation Agreement (DCA) will "upset the balance of forces to the disadvantage of the LTTE"... Back to the top

Communist party extends support to the SLFP-JVP alliance
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 27, 2004, 10.41 pm . Sri Lanka Communist Party, (an Opposition constituent) while cautioning that certain backward racist elements rallying behind the SLFP-JVP new alliance was a sign of future danger, vowed to support the progressive work of the new alliance... Back to the top

Opposition Muslim party undecided whether to support SLFP-JVP alliance
Alladin Hussein in Colombo, January 27, 2004, 10.18 pm. The National Unity Alliance (NUA), a Muslim constituent party of the Opposition People’s Alliance is yet undecided about their future role in the Sri Lanka Freedom Party-Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna alliance... Back to the top

Sri Lanka clears 20 per cent of its land mines; tens of thousands remain
Associated Press, Wed January 28, 2004 09:07 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Foreign aid has helped Sri Lanka - clear 20 percent of land mines in the island's war-ravaged north and east, but tens of thousands still litter the country threatening to maim and kill, a government official said Wednesday... Back to the top

Lanka tour 'hard' for spinner
theage.com.au, January 28, 2004. Sri Lanka's top bowler Muttiah Muralitharan and its coach John Dyson believe Shane Warne will find it tough going if he is picked for Australia's coming tour to the subcontinent... Back to the top

Sri Lanka:Demand for Anti-Conversion Law Gains Momentum
oneworld.net, January 28, 2004. COLOMBO, Jan 28 (OneWorld) - The issue of unethical conversions to Christianity is snowballing in Sri Lanka, with the country's leading Buddhist organization demanding the government ban all nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) engaged in anti-Buddhist activities, and introduce an anti-conversion law by the month end... Back to the top

Armed guards for Sri Lanka church
bbc.co.uk, January 28, 2004. Armed guards have been posted at a church near Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, after the latest in a series of anti-Christian attacks... Back to the top

Human Rights Watch World Report Slams LTTE on Child Soldiers
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.30 A.M Wednesday 28 January. The Human Rights Watch World Report 2004 released by the New York based Human Rights Watch on Monday has slammed the LTTE for continuing with the recruitment of children unabated, including the kidnapping of school children traveling from school... Back to the top

Federal judge rules part of Patriot Act unconstitutional
Associated Press, Mon January 26, 2004 17:27 EST . LINDA DEUTSCH - AP Special Correspondent - The ruling specified that the plaintiffs seek to provide support to ``the lawful, nonviolent activities'' of the Kurdistan Workers' Party and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, an advocate group for the Tamil people in Sri Lanka - ... Back to the top

Sri Lankan rebels head to Europe for talks with international donors
Associated Press, Tue January 27, 2004 09:42 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil rebels plan to urge European donors to give them immediate control of funds aimed at rebuilding war-wracked areas under their control, officials and reports said Tuesday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka imposes immediate ban on all imports of live chicken and poultry products
Associated Press, Tue January 27, 2004 09:55 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - on Tuesday banned the import of all live chicken and poultry products from countries affected by bird flu in an attempt to prevent the fast-spreading disease from infecting local flocks... Back to the top

'MGR gave LTTE Rs 6 crore in cash'
newindpress.com, January 27 . Anton Balasingham, the LTTE ideologue, has claimed that the late M G Ramachandran had assiduously promoted the interests of his organisation... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels object to Sri Lanka 's proposed defense pact with India
Associated Press, Tue January 27, 2004 00:53 EST . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Tamil Tiger rebels have warned that a proposed defense alliance between Sri Lanka - and neighboring India could damage an already fragile truce between the insurgents and government forces, a report said Tuesday... Back to the top

SBI cards set for Sri Lanka debut
business-standard.com, January 28, 2004. The State Bank of India (SBI)-GE Capital joint venture is set to launch SBI Cards in Sri Lanka... Back to the top

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